JBLM soldier has brain surgery after attack

Staff writerMay 30, 2014 

A soldier attacked Saturday outside a bar in downtown Tacoma moved to the area from Texas three weeks ago, his family said Wednesday.

Korry McClanahan, in his mid-20s, is at Madigan Army Medical Center, where his family said parts of his frontal and temporal lobes had to be removed because of damage from the assault.

He’s been sedated while he’s on a ventilator, which they expect to come out Thursday. When the sedation wears off, they’ll know better the effects of his injuries.

“Only time will tell,” said his father, Michael McClanahan.

The soldier is serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He’s from Corona, California, where he has a 4-year-old son.

McClanahan was attacked after being at Steel Creek American Whiskey Co. at 1114 Broadway with a friend early Saturday. The two stepped outside to smoke, when police say an argument started with others in a group and one of those in the group threw punches.

Everyone started walking down the street, and the group of men, described as Russian, started attacking McClanahan and his friend, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. The friend was not injured.

McClanahan’s family asks anyone with information to call police.

“Please,” his dad said.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268 alexis.krell@ thenewstribune.com www.thenewstribune.com/crime-news @amkrell

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